HSE News from the Health and Safety Executive UK

  • Building firm director in court over health risk

    22 Aug 2014, 2:03 pm
    The director of a Stockport-based building firm has been fined after the health of workers was put at risk for more than three months.
  • Slough tenants left in gas danger for four years

    22 Aug 2014, 7:51 am
    A Slough landlord has been fined for serious safety breaches after he left a young family in potential danger for nearly four years by repeatedly failing to check the gas appliances in a property he rented to them.
  • Case 309 – University bans the throwing of mortar boards on graduation day

    22 Aug 2014, 7:40 am
    The university collected the hats after the graduates ceremony finished, to avoid them throwing their caps into the air, they do this because of health and safety issues.
  • Case 308 – Swimming pool unable to lend floats, goggles or woggles

    21 Aug 2014, 4:30 pm
    A poster at a public swimming pool says: “Due to health and safety regulations, we are unable to lend floats, goggles or woggles.”
  • HSE confirms appointment of new chief executive

    21 Aug 2014, 1:49 pm
    Dr Richard Judge has been appointed chief executive of Britain’s workplace health and safety regulator. He will start at the Health and Safety Executive in November 2014.
  • Edinburgh company fined £12,000 after lorry crushes employee (COPFS release)

    21 Aug 2014, 12:17 pm
    An Edinburgh based pharmaceutical company has pled guilty today at Edinburgh Sheriff Court of failing to ensure the health and safety of an employee when a reversing lorry crushed an employees head and chest resulting in severe injury.
  • Public consultation on revised lifting equipment ACOP

    21 Aug 2014, 8:00 am
    The proposed amends will make the understanding and use of the document easier, particularly with clarifying which equipment is subject to the provisions of the regulations and the role of the competent person. Have your say – consultation runs ...
  • Brothers given custodial sentence for exposing workers to asbestos

    20 Aug 2014, 5:00 pm
    Two Stoke-on-Trent brothers with little or no experience of building and construction work have been given prison sentences after they exposed workers to asbestos.
  • Selkirk company fined £100,000 for death of an employee

    20 Aug 2014, 4:30 pm
    A Selkirkshire based company has been found guilty today at Jedburgh Sheriff Court of failing to ensure the health and safety of an employee when they died after becoming trapped between a partition door and a support frame within their Winston Road ...
  • Proposals to amend confined spaces ACOP

    20 Aug 2014, 3:00 pm
    Public consultation runs from 20 August to 30 September 2014 – have your say on the revised version of the ACOP relating to the Confined Spaces Regulations 1997. The amends proposed will make the use of the document easier, particularly with ...
  • NHS Trust in court after workers potentially exposed to asbestos

    20 Aug 2014, 1:00 pm
    An NHS Trust has been fined after it was found likely to have exposed workers to potentially fatal asbestos material for more than a decade at its three hospitals in Hertfordshire. 
  • Case 307 – Children 15 or under must be accompanied in a zoo

    20 Aug 2014, 10:03 am
    A zoo has a policy stating that “For Health and Safety reasons children aged 15 or under must be accompanied by a responsible person aged 16 or over at all times”.
  • Case 306 – Retailer removed a free gift razor from a mans style magazine

    19 Aug 2014, 4:03 pm
    A retailer removed the free gift razor from a mans fashion and style magazine for health and safety reasons.
  • Firm fined after dairy worker seriously injured in fall

    19 Aug 2014, 1:00 pm
    A CountyDurham dairy has been prosecuted for safety failings after a worker suffered life-changing injuries following a fall. 
  • Case 305 – No low level hot water dispenser for wheelchair users

    19 Aug 2014, 9:00 am
    Work have installed a lower level kitchen unit so that wheelchair users can get a drink of cold water but refuse to install a hot water dispenser there, quoting health and safety.